Thursday, 18 November 2021
Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions
A good outcome would be the right decision being taken, not just clarity being provided on whether there is a future in the Defence Forces for these members. The Minister said he is meeting PDFORRA next week and I welcome that continued engagement. Hopefully, he will take this opportunity to update Members on his views on PDFORRA and other representative bodies being given the right to affiliate with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, ICTU. He has previously said he is not totally opposed to that and that he is open to it. Can he update us on his continued and lengthy deliberations on whether he will see to that legitimate request by the representative bodies to affiliate with ICTU? There are serious issues facing our Defence Forces, including the retention crisis which primarily focuses on the pay issue. That issue can only be adequately dealt with by granting the representative bodies the right to affiliate with ICTU.